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Rat-sized snails taking over Florida, have 1,200 babies a year, and they might be spreading

17 Apr

andy1076:

This may be a little off the usual but, YIPES! O_O

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Giant Africa Land Snails, some the size of rats, are invading Florida, and it will be hugely expensive to stop them from eating everything in their path.

“There’s no clear answer” on how to stop them, Jon Ablett, curator of Mollusca at the Natural History Museum, told the BBC.

The snails, thought to have been brought in from the Dominican Republic or Jamaica, are known to eat through just about anything including most plant life and even stucco, which means that a large number of houses in the U.S. State are in danger.

“If you got a ham sandwich in Jamaica or the Dominican Republic, or an orange, and you didn’t eat it all and you bring it back into the States and then you discard it, at some point, things can emerge from those products,” Denise Feiber, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services told Reuters.

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36 responses to “Rat-sized snails taking over Florida, have 1,200 babies a year, and they might be spreading

  1. Jackie

    April 17, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Wow! That’s kinda scary and fascinating!

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 5:59 am

      That thing is huge, geez. Just makes you wonder what else nature will throw at us huh?

       
      • Jackie

        April 17, 2013 at 6:09 am

        It is huge! We invade animal habitats of all kinds – now it appears the tables are turned! ;-)

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 7:25 am

        I do wonder what’s next, hoping for giant monarch butterflies! Oooo that would be awesome :D

         
      • Jackie

        April 17, 2013 at 7:31 am

        Giant butterflies – love the thought of that!

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 7:33 am

        Hey, you never know rite! ;)

         
  2. chaseitorbchased

    April 17, 2013 at 6:42 am

    Snails are good to eat …

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Oh I’m not too sure these giants will make good escargot lol!

       
      • chaseitorbchased

        April 17, 2013 at 7:22 am

        Maybe worth a try. They don’t go fast … Easy to catch ;-)

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

        Alright alright, you catch one and bbq it up. If it’s good I’ll come on down and join you! :P

         
      • chaseitorbchased

        April 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

        Yummy ;-)

         
  3. viveka

    April 17, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Somebody must have brought them into Florida .. that is the danger of manipulating with the nature. Same with the big frogs in Australia – that they took from Hawaii and the frogs are just taking over the country .. *smile – it is toxic so it has no natural enemies!

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 7:23 am

      Dang, I hate frogs. All that ribitting and hopping about, makes me shiver. Oh and I’m sure most are not the fairy tale variety :P

       
      • viveka

        April 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

        This Aga Toad .. can became 20 cm and weight up to 6 pounds. Massive thing … I love frogs … don’t mind them at all .. and I have kissed some two legged ones too. *smile

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 7:33 am

        Ah, yes. The ones wearing suits and carrying flowers. Right? :P

         
      • viveka

        April 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

        Yes … some of them *smile …

         
  4. Lori D

    April 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Ack! Another reason for me to not like living in this state, as if hurricanes, hellish heat and sinkholes weren’t enough. I haven’t seen any of these snails before though. Hopefully I never will.

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Well, in case you do come across one, remember that someone might be looking to buy one from you ;)

       
      • Lori D

        April 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

        There are a plethora of other bugs, in case anyone wants to buy one of those. ;-)

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 3:52 pm

        Oh i’m sure there’s a market, Escargot first though lol :P

         
      • Lori D

        April 17, 2013 at 6:07 pm

        I just found out from my husband that those snails are in south Florida. Hopefully they’re too slow to make it up our way.

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

        From what I’ve read they are busy eating up everything along the way, hopefully they’ll be cooked up before they make it your way :) I’m sure there are going to be specials on escargot for a while lol

         
  5. P.S. I Love Soap Co.

    April 17, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Time to make some stew! LoL:)

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      One bowl of escargot! Coming right up! lol

       
  6. willowdot21

    April 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Andy Please accept the the Three Award Nomination information at http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/three-award-nominations/ with love willowdot21.

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      That’s a lot of awards for me lol :) thank u!

       
  7. seeker

    April 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    The only way to stop them is start harvesting think of a recipe on how to make them edible. :D

     
    • andy1076

      April 17, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      mmmm! bbq snail with a side of tabasco! heh!

       
      • seeker

        April 17, 2013 at 9:15 pm

        Make sure it’s marinated in garlic and lemon. Yum.

         
      • andy1076

        April 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm

        That’s how I ate escargot back in Chile, good times! :)

         
      • seeker

        April 17, 2013 at 9:36 pm

        :lol:

         
  8. renxkyoko

    April 17, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Aaaargh ! I clicked and saw the snails. @___@

     
  9. adinparadise

    April 20, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Scary stuff, Andy. I hope they don’t eat my garden and house while I’m away. 8O

     
    • andy1076

      April 20, 2013 at 7:45 am

      Oof, maybe put a sign outside the fence that says “Free escargot all around!” this way not a single one will make it through :D

       

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